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The Plant Lover's Guide to Salvias

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Salvias are available in a huge range of sizes, colors, foliage, and hardiness, with over 900 species and hundreds of hybrids. Salvia’s popularity stems from how easy they are to grow, their multiple medicinal and culinary uses, and the vibrancy of their blooms that cover every color in the spectrum from white to nearly black.The Plant Lover’s Guide to Salvias features eve ...more
Hardcover, 220 pages
Published April 22nd 2014 by Timber Press (first published April 1st 2014)
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Jan 29, 2014 Slee rated it really liked it
Redolent with decadent color and brimming with enthusiasm for salvias, The Plant Lover's Guide to salvias is sure to kindle your passion for this beautiful plant, and to ignite your creativity in garden planning. Drawing from his extensive knowledge of the different varieties of salvias, John Wittlesey has pulled together easy to understand lists to help any gardener find the salvia that best suits her need, whether she prefers a salvia with dramatic foliage, such as Salvia officialis Icterina, ...more
May 06, 2014 Stephanie rated it really liked it
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Salvias are another fragrant plant that is in the mint family. I enjoy growing salvias for their fragrance, beauty and most of all, their value to wildlife. I'm glad this value was highlighted throughout the book.

The book opens with the many ways to incorporate salvias into your landscape design. Different types of salvias are able to grow in many different types of environments, so there is most likely several types that can grow no matter where you are. Tender salvia, which can be treated as
Aug 24, 2015 Melony rated it it was amazing
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This book is fantastic! I never knew there were so many different kinds of Salvia/Sage. I live in deer country and was losing all my plants, I found the only ones that were not getting eaten were the salvias, with this book I have created a wonderfully diverse Salvia garden that the birds (hummers), bees and butterflies love. I highly recommend it.
Aug 04, 2015 Carmen rated it liked it
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I thought I knew a bit about salvias. I was right, I only knew a bit. Who knew they were related to sages, were deer resistant, and are in almost every continent? I did see some of my favorites. Unfortunately the book focused heavily on salvias grown in the warmer climates of California. Since it was a KEW gardens book, I was expecting more cold loving varieties to be featured.
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I really love all of the books in this series! They are so beautiful to flip through and learn about different varieties of particular flowers and contain helpful information for gardeners.
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